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Bruins' Shawn Thornton appeals 15-game suspension

Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins is carted off of the ice on a stretcher by the medical...

Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins is carted off of the ice on a stretcher by the medical staff in the first period after an altercation with Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins during the game at TD Garden on December 7, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 5:01 PM ET

Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton will appeal his 15-game suspension, according to his agent.

Anton Thun told TSN Monday that Thornton will appeal the ban, which was handed down Saturday. Thornton was suspended for attacking Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik Dec. 7.

The NHL Players Association confirmed the appeal on Twitter.

“Shawn Thornton has decided to appeal the League’s decision to suspend him for 15 games, and on his behalf the NHLPA has notified the NHL,” the NHLPA tweeted.

Thornton’s appeal will be heard by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who could maintain the 15-game suspension or add to or subtract from the number of games. If Thornton wants to appeal Bettman’s ruling, it would be heard by an independent arbitrator.

Bettman upheld a 10-game suspension to Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta earlier this season.

Thornton knocked out a prone Orpik, who was slew-footed to the ice, during a scrum and the Penguins defenceman was stretchered off the ice. He has not played since the incident.


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